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8:25 AM ET, February 22, 2018


 Top News: 
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
YouTube, Facebook remove some of the conspiracy videos claiming Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was an actor but, in many cases, only after promoting them  —  - YouTube promoted a video featuring a conspiracy theory claiming that one of the survivors of the school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, is a paid actor.
Washington Post:
How lies about Parkland student David Hogg have spread online, fueled by forums like 4chan, media distrust, and YouTube's algorithms to increase watch time  —  David Hogg, 17, went from Florida high school student to mass shooting survivor to telegenic advocate for gun-control laws in a few days.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The outspoken Parkland students inherently understand how to counteract pro-Trump media, stripping conspiracy theorists and critics of power by mocking them  —  On Monday night, the pro-Trump media set its sights on a new political enemy: young adult survivors of gun violence.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft was pulled from social media censorship panel at CPAC after Gateway Pundit shared theories without evidence about shooting survivors  —  A speaker has been pulled from a panel planned to coincide with the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference …
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Yoel Roth / Twitter:
Twitter's updated API will limit users from performing simultaneous actions across multiple accounts and using automation; gives developers until 3/23 to comply  —  Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us.  One of the most common spam violations we see is the use …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Twitter issues statement after a number of conservative Twitter users lost thousands of followers after bot purge, says its tools and rules are apolitical
Agence France-Presse:
Media and human rights groups call Philippine President Duterte's move to ban Rappler journalists from his palace a threat to press freedom  —  Since taking power in 2016, Duterte has publicly attacked media outlets which have criticised his policies  —  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's move …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Vox Media is laying off 50 employees and offering reassignments to 12 others, with the cuts mainly affecting SB Nation, Curbed, Racked, and video services team  —  The cuts, which mainly targeted social video teams, were announced by CEO Jim Bankoff on Wednesday morning.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Spotify co-founders plan to retain control after direct stock listing through super voting shares, following Google-Facebook IPO playbook  —  Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon said to own super voting shares  —  Facebook, Alphabet founders keep control with similar setups
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku beats Q4 estimates with $188.26M net revenue, up 28% YoY, predicts $40M-$55M 2018 loss; active accounts rose 44% YoY to 19.3M; stock down 20%+ after hours  —  Roku had a blowout holiday quarter: The company was able to handily surpass analyst expectations, thanks largely to a big increase of its licensing and advertising revenue.
Paris Martineau / The Outline:
Medium suspends the accounts of alt-right personalities Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and Laura Loomer, after updating policy to tackle disinformation  —  By far the biggest change made by Medium is the addition of a section called “Related Content,” which reads “We do not allow posts …
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Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
David Glasser, the former President and COO of The Weinstein Co., who was fired last week, will file a lawsuit against TWC and its board members seeking $85M
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